A Gun for Johnny Deere

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Center Point, 2001 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Johnny Deere found out the hard way how to become a man. First you let a woman trick you into a killing fight with the son of the most powerful man in the territory. Then you shoot it out with the murdering ranch hands he sent to get you. And then you just wait while the call goes out to hired guns all over the West to claim the bounty on your head. Johnny was a man now -- as long as he could draw quicker than those who came gunning for him. And Johnny swore that no man living would collect the price on his head.

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Wayne D. Overholser was born in Pomeroy, Washington on Septmeber 4, 1906. Overholser received his B. S. from the University of Oregon and worked as a teacher and a high school pricipal until he became a full time writer in 1945. Overholser has written under many pen names, including John S. Daniels, Lee Leighton, Dan J. Stevens and Joseph Wayne. Lawman, written as Lee Leighton, won the Spur Award from WWA for best novel in 1954. In 1955, Overholser won the award again for a book written under his own name, The Violent Land. He won for a third time in 1969 for the juvenile novel, The Meeker Massacre. At the 1989 WWA Convention in Portland, Overholser was presented with the Saddleman Award for outstanding contributions to the literature of the West. Wayne D. Overholser died August 27, 1996 at the age of 89.

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